Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef, 4 Days

Queensland

HIGHLIGHTS: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Tjapukai - Kuranda Day 1: Welcome to Cairns. On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore this vibrant city. Stroll along the Esplanade or simply relax in one of the many cafes or on the beach. Hotel: Rydges Esplanade (R) or Hilton Hotel (F), Cairns, 3 nights. Day 2: Great Barrier Reef. Board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. Enjoy a reef presentation by a marine naturalist and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. You'll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). The Great Barrier Reef is home to more different species of animals and plants in a cubic metre than any other environment in the world. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch, with full bar facilities, change rooms, freshwater showers and sundeck onboard. Return to Cairns early evening. B L Day 3: Tjapukai - Skyrail - Kuranda. Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Australia's largest indigenous cultural park which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations, movie theatres, fire making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This will take you directly above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. Enroute to Kuranda, there are 2 stations where you can enjoy a walk through the rainforest and observe its beauty from spectacular lookouts. On arrival there is free time to explore the 'village in the rainforest' and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. After exploring, board the Kuranda train for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station. B Day 4: Farewell from Cairns. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

4 days
FROM $795*
4 days FROM $795*

Northern Aboriginal Experience

Cairns

Day 1 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B, 1L, 1D)Travel by 4x4 passenger truck up to a remote beach where we meet local Aboriginal guides. Go spear fishing and learn about the traditional ways of life as well as the local flora and fauna. Cook up what you catch for a delicious lunch. Walk in some of the world's oldest rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree NP. Included Activities Spear Fishing Transport 4x4 (3.00 hour(s), 140km)Day 2 Cape Tribulation/Cooktown (1B, 1L)Local Aboriginal women explain how the falls speak to them, giving them powerful knowledge and visions for the future. Overnight in swags (canvas bedrolls) beside a historic hotel in the bush while being hosted by extremely entertaining locals. Listen to their stories over a bevvie or two. Additional Notes During the rainy season, sleep in multi-share cabins. Included Activities Walk of the Women Experience Transport 4x4 (4.00 hour(s), 100km)Day 3 Cooktown/Cairns (1B)Travel westward to meet an Aboriginal guide who leads us into his traditional lands. The story keeper explains the traditional lifestyle while interpreting historic rock cave paintings in the area. Travel the inland road back to Cairns where the tour finishes upon arrival at 7:30pm. Included Activities Aboriginal rock art explanation with an Aboriginal Elder Departure Day (Activities) Transport 4x4 (4.00 hour(s), 324km)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2014 to 02/01/2017

3 days
FROM $999*
3 days FROM $999*

Fraser Island & Noosa Everglades Discovery, 5 Days

Queensland

HIGHLIGHTS: Noosa - Fraser Island Day 1: Welcome to Noosa. On arrival at Brisbane or Sunshine Coast Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Noosa (flights anytime). This afternoon is at leisure. Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa (First Class) Day 2: Noosa - Fraser Island. Board your 'Warrior' 4WD coach ready to discover the beauty of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Visit Tin Can Bay and experience wild dolphin feeding before a guided walk through Pile Valley and Central Station Rainforests. Plunge in to Lake McKenzie for a relaxing swim before arriving in Happy Valley. This evening enjoy a delicious dinner at the Satinay Bar & Bistro before retreating to the comfort of your private cabin. Hotel: Fraser Island Retreat (First Class), Happy Valley. Meals: Lunch and Dinner Day 3: Fraser Island - Noosa. Visit Eli Creek and the famous Maheno Shipwreck before a visit to the Pinnacles and Coloured Sands. Here, minerals have leached from the sand to expose high dunes which have resulted in vibrant shades of reds and yellows. Experience magnificent views from Indian Head and an exhilarating drive down 75 mile beach before arriving back in Noosa. Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa (First Class), 2 nights. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Day 4: Noosa. Experience one of Australia's most magnificent wilderness areas with its intriguing waterways and myriad of wildlife on a Noosa Everglades Discovery. Float through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways and sub-tropical rainforest on an interpretive guided cruise through the Noosa Everglades on a purpose built vessel. You'll enjoy an included morning tea of freshly baked scones with tea and coffee and a delicious BBQ lunch of sirloin steak, barramundi or vegetable frittata. You may choose to upgrade to a Bar-B-Canoe experience which will have you paddling in a canoe through this pristine environment to then meet up with your fellow travelling companions for your well-deserved lunch. Enjoy your last evening in Noosa with dinner (own expense) at one of the many local eateries. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Day 5: Farewell from Noosa. You'll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). Meals: Breakfast View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

5 days
FROM $1,425*
5 days FROM $1,425*

Port Douglas & Reef Retreat, 6 Days

Queensland

HIGHLIGHTS: Cairns - Port Douglas - Mossman Gorge - Great Barrier Reef - Kuranda Day 1: Welcome to Cairns - Port Douglas. On arrival at Cairns Airport you'll be transferred to your resort in Port Douglas (flights anytime). The rest of the day is yours to explore or relax in this tropical paradise. Hotel: QT Port Douglas, 2 nights. Day 2: Mossman Gorge. Journey through the rainforest and awe-inspiring landscapes of Cape Tribulation. Visit Mossman Gorge and enjoy an indigenous presentation by the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, before a guided walk in this enchanting rainforest. Wind through the Alexandra Range and stop at a spectacular lookout for views of Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea before a Daintree River cruise. B L Day 3: Great Barrier Reef - Cairns. An experience of a lifetime - cruise to an underwater world that is a kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance on an Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise to Agincourt Reef. Dive, snorkel or just stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-submersible craft. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before heading to Cairns for the next 3 nights. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. B L Day 4: Kuranda. Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a breathtaking journey over the Barron Gorge and through the ancient rainforest to the picturesque village of Kuranda, where you'll have free time to wander through the village markets and explore the town. Board the Skyrail Cableway and travel high above the canopy of the rainforest back to Cairns. B Day 5: Cairns 'Free Time'. Today, relax and unwind or discover any of a number of Cairns' hidden gems. Visit Cairns Wildlife Dome, the new Cairns Zoom for an adventure or stroll through the Cairns Night Markets. It's up to you B Day 6: Farewell from Cairns Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

6 days
FROM $1,435*
6 days FROM $1,435*

Brisbane to Cairns Experience

Brisbane

Day 1 BrisbaneArrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit City Hall, the Treasury Building or relax on Streets Beach. Additional Notes Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Day 2 Brisbane/Fraser Island (1B, 1D)Once on the island, visit one of the many highlights on Fraser Island, Lake McKenzie. After an optional swim in the lake, drive back along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Additional Notes Before departure from Rainbow Beach you will store your main luggage in a secure storage facility and will be required to take an overnight bag only to the island. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach. Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km)FerryDay 3 Fraser Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities 4x4 Excursion Day 4 Fraser Island/Rockhampton (1B, 1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Transport FerryTrain (6.00-8.00 hours)Day 5 Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 281km)Maxi yachtDay 6 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport Maxi yachtDay 7 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)After three days at sea, we sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport Maxi yachtDay 8 Airlie Beach/CairnsEarly morning transfer to the train station. Arrive in the evening. Consider trying out the adrenaline-pumping jungle swing or a bungy jump when you arrive to get the blood flowing. Transport Train (10.00 hour(s), 650km)Day 9 Cairns (1B)Day 10 Cairns (1B) Included Activities Departure Day

Travel Dates: From 06/01/2015 to 31/12/2017

10 days
FROM $1,657*
10 days FROM $1,657*

Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime

Brisbane

Day 1 BrisbaneArrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit City Hall, the Treasury Building or relax on Streets Beach. Additional Notes Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Day 2 Brisbane/Fraser Island (1B, 1D)Once on the island, visit one of the many highlights on Fraser Island, Lake McKenzie. After an optional swim in the lake, drive back along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Additional Notes Before departure from Rainbow Beach you will store your main luggage in a secure storage facility and will be required to take an overnight bag only to the island. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach. Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km)FerryDay 3 Fraser Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities 4x4 Excursion Day 4 Fraser Island/Rockhampton (1B, 1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Transport FerryTrain (6.00-8.00 hours)Day 5 Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 281km)Maxi yachtDay 6 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport Maxi yachtDay 7 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)After three days at sea, we sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport Maxi yachtDay 8 Airlie Beach/CairnsEarly morning transfer to the train station. Arrive in the evening. Consider trying out the adrenaline-pumping jungle swing or a bungy jump when you arrive to get the blood flowing. Transport Train (10.00 hour(s), 650km)Day 9 Cairns (1B)Day 10 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B, 1L, 1D)Travel by 4x4 passenger truck up to a remote beach where we meet local Aboriginal guides. Go spear fishing and learn about the traditional ways of life as well as the local flora and fauna. Cook up what you catch for a delicious lunch. Walk in some of the world's oldest rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree NP. Included Activities Spear Fishing Transport 4x4 (3.00 hour(s), 140km)Day 11 Cape Tribulation/Cooktown (1B, 1L)Local Aboriginal women explain how the falls speak to them, giving them powerful knowledge and visions for the future. Overnight in swags (canvas bedrolls) beside a historic hotel in the bush while being hosted by extremely entertaining locals. Listen to their stories over a bevvie or two. Additional Notes During the rainy season, sleep in multi-share cabins. Included Activities Walk of the Women Experience Transport 4x4 (4.00 hour(s), 100km)Day 12 Cooktown/Cairns (1B)Travel westward to meet an Aboriginal guide who leads us into his traditional lands. The story keeper explains the traditional lifestyle while interpreting historic rock cave paintings in the area. Travel the inland road back to Cairns where the tour finishes upon arrival at 7:30pm. Included Activities Aboriginal rock art explanation with an Aboriginal Elder Departure Day (Activities) Transport 4x4 (4.00 hour(s), 324km)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 24/12/2017

12 days
FROM $2,376*
12 days FROM $2,376*

Great Barrier Reef Family Shindig, 4 Days (Low)

Cairns

Day 1 Cairns. On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel where your ultimate family shindig begins! When you arrive at your hotel you'll meet your Tour Director who'll introduce you to your travelling companions and tell you about all the fun you'll be experiencing over the next few days. This evening you'll enjoy a great Aussie BBQ and meet the creatures of the night at Cairns Night Zoo. Exclusive to AAT Kings, you'll arrive early to discover dingoes and cassowaries and then you'll be able to hold a crocodile and turtle! After your delicious dinner you'll touch a possum, pat a koala and grab a torch to spot crocodiles glowing eyes in the light. Sit down around the campfire and enjoy fresh baked damper and then learn a few Aussie bush dances before exploring the Milky Way with a star talk. The kids are entertained and educated by a Zoo guide while mum and dad can sit back and relax with a glass of wine or get involved in the fun. Day 2 Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise. Today you'll set off to explore the remarkable Great Barrier Reef on a full day cruise. A Marine Biologist will take you on a private guided snorkelling tour where you'll get to survey the living creatures in this magical underwater playground of colourful fish, coral and marine life. You'll learn all about this World Heritage Listed natural wonder and get to take a ride on a glass bottom boat and in a Semi-Submersible where if you're lucky you may spot Minke Whales, friendly sea turtles and even find Nemo along the way! Day 3 Kuranda. Today take a scenic rail journey to Kuranda. Wind your way through the rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway past beautiful waterfalls and leafy scenery of Barron Gorge. When you arrive at Kuranda you might want to grab some lunch at the local markets and explore the township. Watch as skilled artisans craft delicious taffy lollies, visit the Kuranda Heritage Markets or discover over 1500 species of tropical butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Later on you'll get to spend time with the volunteers at Kuranda Envirocare. Visit the Envirocare nursery and assist in potting seedlings and then plant a tree. Learn all about our amphibian friends and the conservation efforts of the endangered frog monitoring project. Next you'll ride the Skyrail Cableway high above the tropical canopy of Barron Gorge National Park. You'll love sitting back and relaxing while you float effortlessly above the canopy. During the journey you'll be met by a National Park Ranger who'll take you on an interpretive walk through the rainforest. Day 4 Cairns. After breakfast wander along the Cairns Esplanade on a guided morning walk. You'll learn all about the fascinating Mangrove ecosystem, home to lots of little mud-dwelling creatures. After a refreshing swim at the beach, it's time to say goodbye to your new found friends as you head home. You'll be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 27 March, 11 April 2016

4 days
FROM $2,964*
4 days FROM $2,964*

Great Barrier Reef Family Shindig, 4 Days (High)

Cairns

Day 1 Cairns. On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel where your ultimate family shindig begins! When you arrive at your hotel you'll meet your Tour Director who'll introduce you to your travelling companions and tell you about all the fun you'll be experiencing over the next few days. This evening you'll enjoy a great Aussie BBQ and meet the creatures of the night at Cairns Night Zoo. Exclusive to AAT Kings, you'll arrive early to discover dingoes and cassowaries and then you'll be able to hold a crocodile and turtle! After your delicious dinner you'll touch a possum, pat a koala and grab a torch to spot crocodiles glowing eyes in the light. Sit down around the campfire and enjoy fresh baked damper and then learn a few Aussie bush dances before exploring the Milky Way with a star talk. The kids are entertained and educated by a Zoo guide while mum and dad can sit back and relax with a glass of wine or get involved in the fun. Day 2 Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise. Today you'll set off to explore the remarkable Great Barrier Reef on a full day cruise. A Marine Biologist will take you on a private guided snorkelling tour where you'll get to survey the living creatures in this magical underwater playground of colourful fish, coral and marine life. You'll learn all about this World Heritage Listed natural wonder and get to take a ride on a glass bottom boat and in a Semi-Submersible where if you're lucky you may spot Minke Whales, friendly sea turtles and even find Nemo along the way! Day 3 Kuranda. Today take a scenic rail journey to Kuranda. Wind your way through the rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway past beautiful waterfalls and leafy scenery of Barron Gorge. When you arrive at Kuranda you might want to grab some lunch at the local markets and explore the township. Watch as skilled artisans craft delicious taffy lollies, visit the Kuranda Heritage Markets or discover over 1500 species of tropical butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Later on you'll get to spend time with the volunteers at Kuranda Envirocare. Visit the Envirocare nursery and assist in potting seedlings and then plant a tree. Learn all about our amphibian friends and the conservation efforts of the endangered frog monitoring project. Next you'll ride the Skyrail Cableway high above the tropical canopy of Barron Gorge National Park. You'll love sitting back and relaxing while you float effortlessly above the canopy. During the journey you'll be met by a National Park Ranger who'll take you on an interpretive walk through the rainforest. Day 4 Cairns. After breakfast wander along the Cairns Esplanade on a guided morning walk. You'll learn all about the fascinating Mangrove ecosystem, home to lots of little mud-dwelling creatures. After a refreshing swim at the beach, it's time to say goodbye to your new found friends as you head home. You'll be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 27 June, 4 July, 19 September, 26 September 2016

4 days
FROM $3,168*
4 days FROM $3,168*

300 days of sunshine, 365 days of adventure

Massive in terms of size and enjoyment, Queensland is a one-size-fits-all destination, whether you prefer to 'glamp' in the wilderness or splash out on a penthouse high above the glittering cityscape.

World-class theme parks for tots and teens, golden beaches for sun-seekers, island hideaways for luxury lovers, a vibrant capital city for culture vultures, Hinterland retreats for the romantic at heart, rugged Outback for intrepid explorers – the Sunshine State delivers it all in spades!

The Wonderous Great Barrier ReefSee what lies beneath at the Great Barrier Reef

Bucket-list experiences don't get much greater than discovering the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba-suit-up and set sail – there's 2,300 kilometres of reef to scour, with 900 islands sprinkled down the coast, so you're bound to find Nemo somewhere out there!

Did you know Queensland is also the only place in the world where two Heritage-listed sites meet? The lush, tropical Daintree Rainforest north of Cairns is the oldest rainforest in the world, but it's got some serious competition in terms of 'wow factor' thanks to southern dwelling Fraser Island – the only place in the world where rainforest sprouts from the sand.

There's #nofilter necessary when it comes to the Whitsundays, where celebs flock to private resorts, soar over the iconic Heart Reef, or island-hop via chartered yacht. Don't despair – these experiences aren't just limited to the rich and famous, but they definitely require some serious budgeting!

The Wonderous Great Barrier ReefCapital city Brisbane is as cool as they come

Laidback capital city Brisbane is making east coast rivals Sydney and Melbourne sit up and pay attention thanks to its booming small-bar scene, an endless arts and entertainment calendar and a serious appetite for flavour, from on-trend green smoothies to epic American-style burgers. 

Brisbane is the perfect base for day-tripping all around the south-east, from Australia's favourite playground – the Gold Coast – to food and wine trails lacing the Granite Belt region in Southern Queensland Country, and the chilled reprieve of the Sunshine Coast and surrounding Hinterland.

The Wonderous Great Barrier ReefHang ten on the 'Goldie' like a local

Watch tiny turtles hatch and scurry to the surf, fossick for gemstones, walk in the footprints of dinosaurs, cuddle a koala, unroll your swag under a blanket of stars, slide down sand dunes, dine at hatted restaurants, and take your sightseeing tour on a stand-up paddle board – all on one unforgettable holiday in Queensland.

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